Listing Detail Tabs

Schumann Piano Quintet / String Quartets 1-3 / Zacharias / Cherubini Quartet

For all that they are periodically being re-discovered, Schumann's chamber works perpetually hang in the outer edges of the standard repertoire. Apparently, no matter how excellent, how empathetic, & how virtuosic the performances are, Schumann's chamber works resist the embrace of the standard repertoire. This is, of course, the standard repertoire's loss. All three of the string quartets are wonderful works in the Beethovenian tradition, and the magnificent piano quintet is more than sufficient justification for Schumann's single-handed invention of the genre. One of the first re-discoveries of the digital era and one of the finest re-discoveries of all time is re-released in this two-disc set recorded in the late '80s and early '90s by the Cherubini Quartett with pianist Christian Zacharias. Wholly central European in outlook, the Cherubini Quartett has a muscular technique, a powerful ensemble, a propulsive sense of rhythm, and a complete command of Romantic rhetoric, all qualities that serve the purposes of Schumann's music. From the mysterious harmonies of the A minor Quartet through the pastoral lyricism of the F major Quartet to the quirky energy of the A major Quartet, the Cherubini players are deep down in the groove with Schumann. Better yet is the Cherubini's piano quintet with Zacharias, principally because Zacharias is one of the best central European post-modernist pianists. His technique is awesome, his tone is magnificent, his dexterity is phenomenal, & his soul doth magnify the music. Joined in effortless ensemble and bracing blend with the Cherubini, Zacharias turns in one of the most compelling performances of the quintet of the postwar era. If there's a chance you might enjoy Schumann's chamber music, this is the set with which to start. EMI's early digital chamber music sound is far better -- far riper, rounder, deeper, & more realistic -- than most early digital chamber music sound.

Brand New /sealed 2CD
There were no answered questions or comments placed on this listing.
Your question and answer privileges have been disabled.
You must log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases.
You must log in to ask or answer questions posted. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Available only to approved bidders. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about becoming authenticated. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must credit your account to use this feature.
Firearms licence #
Firearms licence holder name
First name is required
Last name is required
Your current account balance is Please note you will lose your question and answer privileges if your account is in debt for more than 2 weeks. Credit your account.
I confirm that I am over 18 years old.
To prevent your personal details being misused please do not put emails or phone numbers in questions. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of your account. The seller cannot add a Buy Now price once bidding has started.

Shipping options

  • Free shipping within New Zealand  
  • Seller does not allow pick-ups
  • Seller location: Lower Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

Payment options

  • Other options
    NZ bank deposit

Ping and Afterpay include:

Buyer Protection Learn More